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It was early 2005. The Iraq War was approaching its worst stage. I was spending more time on-line, reading the news articles one couldn’t (and still cannot) find in the traditional media. Political blogs were blossoming up like mushrooms after a warm Autumn rain.
One day, reading an article at Majikthise, one of the few blogs where I would occasionally comment, I followed a link to a blog with a strange name – firedoglake. The next day, some other blog linked to an article here. I bookmarked the site and started reading it regularly.
Soon, I decided to comment here. It was risky, as I didn’t feel very knowledgeable on the issue at hand – can’t remember what it was – but felt I might add a little. Within a few minutes, my comment was greeted by Jane Hamsher, who welcomed me, Edward Teller.
The blog was new then, and like a lot of lefty or lefty-ish sites then, it was much smaller, a pure labor of love by Hamsher and Christy Hardin Smith. firedoglake was the first blog outside of Alaska where I began to regularly write comments. I began to make a fair number of friends here.
As the campaigns in 2006 began to warm up and get going, I was able to introduce Diane Benson, the very progressive Alaska civil rights leader, running against Rep. Don Young, to a wider national audience through comments here, and articles at Down With Tyranny! Feedback on my comments here encouraged me as a writer, and helped me improve the way I organized essays. Other commenters at “the lake” encouraged me to start my own blog, which I did in the Fall of 2007. Read the rest of this entry →